Vice president and assistant general counsel, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Education: B.A., St. Olaf College; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Family: Wife, Laurie-Anne; three sons, 12, 9 and 7
Professional responsibilities: Advises Bausch & Lomb's U.S. and international business managers on a broad range of commercial legal issues. Also serves as company legal adviser on federal securities law compliance and treasury matters.
Community leadership: Board member, Volunteer Legal Services Project; coach, Perinton Youth Hockey and Fairport Pop Warner Football; Sunday school teacher, Browncroft Community Church; board of management member, Southeast YMCA.
Greatest influence: In the practice of law, I treasure the influence of many who went out of their way to make an investment in my future. In my broader professional and civic endeavors, my greatest influences have been my father, who, with a tangled mess of barbed wired on a hot August afternoon, taught me to address problems with patience, resolve and a vision of the end product; my mother, who has encouraged my faith and cheered me on in personal and professional endeavors; and my wife, who for the last 15 years has been a pillar of strength, and reminded me of what is most important in my life.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing in the practice of law, investing in the careers of others and giving more than I do now to my community.
President, Advanced Language Translation Inc.
Education: M.A., chemistry and German language, SUNY Binghamton; master's degree, German studies, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Lynn; two sons, 8 and 6
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for business development, strategic and technical planning. Currently focusing on achieving ISO 9000/2000 certification and promoting the AdvancedLanguage.com and MultilingualMicrosite.com brands.
Community leadership: Board member, Stepping Stones Learning Center LLC; board member, vice president, International Resource Group Inc.
Greatest influence: My family: My wife has helped me achieve and maintain the balance between work and home. My two sons-one has a special need-have taught me the importance of patience and grace under pressure. They have all reinvigorated my appreciation of pursuing my goals.
Ten years from now: I see myself running my company with the same energy that I have now (hopefully more!). I plan to learn Italian and expect to continue my athletic pursuits vigorously. I also hope to be in the position to contribute more to my community.
Director of marketing and communications, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.
Education: B.S., communications, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Family: Wife, Melissa; two sons, 15 and 3; daughter, 8
Professional responsibilities: Provides administrative leadership, counsels senior leadership regarding marketing, communications and media relations issues. Plans, directs and implements a program of community relations. Develops strategies to work with other local health care providers.
Community leadership: Elder, worship leader and adult Sunday school teacher, Faith Community Church, Geneva; campaign coordinator, Visiting Nurse Service, United Way/Red Cross; member, Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development; member, the Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.
Greatest influence: Although there are several people who have had a great influence on my professional and civic achievement, I would like to recognize my wife, Melissa. Her continuing love and support have been the bedrock and foundation of my success.
Ten years from now: I will continue to expand my boundaries and horizons. I will be more well connected and integrated into the greater Rochester community and have more opportunity and potential for service to others.
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Education: B.A., Cornell University; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
Family: Husband, Paul; daughter, 7; son, 5
Professional responsibilities: Partner in Nixon Peabody's labor and employee benefits group. Practice focuses on counseling employers in legal compliance and preventive employment, training managers and human resources staff, and representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state administrative agencies and in federal court.
Community leadership: Board member, program/medical committee member, Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services Inc.; Leadership Rochester class of 2003; member, Rochester Women's Network.
Greatest influence: My mother, who taught me that anything is possible; my husband, who has been my greatest source of strength and support; and my children, who remind me every day to play and dream.
Ten years from now: I will be practicing law and raising my family in Rochester. I will have taken on a greater leadership role in an effort to make a difference in the Rochester community.
Vice president, sales and marketing, Genesee Valley Trust Co.
Education: B.S., management and finance, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Lisa; two sons, 6 and 5; daughter, 3
Professional responsibilities: Develops new business and builds relationships with individuals, corporations and others in target market. Differentiates Genesee Valley Trust's investment management and fiduciary services from local and national competition.
Community leadership: Board, executive committee, finance committee and long-range planning committee member, Rochester Presbyterian Home; lector, finance committee member, St. John of Rochester Church; secretary, Mike Maloney Youth Basketball Fund.
Greatest influence: The greatest influence for me is also my greatest achievement-finding my wife, Lisa. She has supported me in everything I have done or attempted to do. Lisa and our children help me keep my sense of humor and motivate me to work smarter. And my parents, whom I count on for prayers and encouragement, for instilling a belief in hard work at an early age.
Ten years from now: I see myself balancing my time between my family and my career, thankful that the decisions that I have made over the last 10 years have helped me to get closer to achieving my family, spiritual, business and financial goals.
Partner, Bonadio & Co. LLP
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Diane; four sons, 23, 10, 7 and 1
Professional responsibilities: Oversees professionals who handle service needs, including audits, tax preparation and planning, business consulting, risk management, wealth management and payroll. Serves as partner in charge of the firm's construction practice and technology committee, and is an executive committee member.
Community leadership: Treasurer, Friends of School of the Arts; board member, Construction Financial Management Association; board member, Nancy and Friends Fighting Cancer; volunteer, St. John Fisher College and Boy Scouts of America.
Greatest influence: My parents and grandparents, for teaching me a strong work ethic; my wife and children, who keep my life balanced and remind me of the important things in life; and my partners at Bonadio & Co. LLP, who challenge me to be the best I can be.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a partner in the firm, continuing to serve my clients in this ever-changing marketplace; spending quality time with my children; having special time with my wife; and continuing to assist the community in a positive manner.
Richard DiMarco III
Partner, vice president of operations, Admar Supply Co. Inc.
Education: B.S., computer engineering, Clarkson University
Professional responsibilities: Directs day-to-day operations, including purchasing, inventory and information systems, for Admar Supply Co. Inc., a construction equipment supplier. Helped expand business by adding products and branch locations.
Community leadership: Board member, Italian American Community Center; committee member, Festa Italiana 2002; "Joint In Motion" 2001 Walt Disney World Marathon participant; assistant race director, 2001 and 2002 Ontario Shore Marathon; 2001 Volunteer of the Year, Arthritis Foundation - Genesee Valley Chapter; founding board member, Local Charities of Rochester; Web master of many charitable organizations.
Greatest influence: My family-they have instilled in me strong morals, respect for others and strong work ethics. They have supported and encouraged me in all my endeavors.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to be involved with charitable organizations and balancing my life among family, friends and business.
Principal, LLD Enterprises
Education: B.A., Syracuse University; J.D., Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Family: Husband, David
Professional responsibilities: Performs a wide range of legal and management functions for commercial real estate parent company. Negotiates and drafts tenant leases for company portfolio, markets properties to prospective tenants and oversees all aspects of the property management group.
Community leadership: Young Leaders Club co-chairwoman, Women United team member and corporate body member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; membership committee chairwoman, and programming and executive committee member, Nathaniel Rochester Society of Rochester Institute of Technology; book festival author selection committee, Jewish Community Center; board member, Lester Harrison Family Foundation.
Greatest influence: My family. My mother told me a person's reach should exceed their grasp, and my father made me believe the world was within my reach. My parents and husband have given me unconditional love, support and encouragement to reach my goals, and have been the best examples of how honesty and a good work ethic will lead to success.
Ten years from now: I see myself making significant contributions to LLD Enterprises by helping to engineer its growth. I hope to be a little wiser, to continue to learn and expand my boundaries and to have a good professional and personal life balance.
Philip Gelsomino II
CEO, The Restaurant Group LLC
Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; CPA
Family: Wife, Beverly; daughter, 3
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the construction, operation and development of the new Perkins Restaurant & Bakery chain throughout Western New York and more than 750 employees.
Community leadership: Board member, Humane Society Rochester and Monroe County at Lollypop Farm; member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, the Nathaniel Rochester Society of Rochester Institute of Technology, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Goodwill Industries of Rochester Inc.; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants; past board member, Monroe County Special Olympics.
Greatest influence: My family. My parents taught me a positive work ethic; my wife and daughter taught me the true meaning of love and sharing; my sisters taught me the importance of family; my nephew taught me the importance of friendship and honesty.
Ten years from now: I see myself spending time talking with my staff, teaching college accounting classes, traveling with my family and playing an active role in my favorite charities.
Director, information systems, University of Rochester Medical Center
Education: B.A., Le Moyne College; MBA, Syracuse University
Family: Wife, Leslie; two daughters, 6 and 3
Professional responsibilities: Plans, develops and directs a complex array of information systems throughout the URMC. The combination of information technology infrastructure and clinical systems supports more than 9,000 users in meeting the three missions of the institution-education, research and patient care.
Community leadership: Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Golf Classic committee chairman; Le Moyne College Alumni Rochester Chapter president; Le Moyne College Community Day of Service committee member; founding member, board member, Friendly Sons and Daughters of St. Patrick, Finger Lakes Region; board member, vice president, Monroe Golf Club.
Greatest influence: My parents, for the development of my work ethic and for teaching me the significance of being involved; my wife, from whom I have learned so much about how to be a good person and how to value and treat others; and my children, who remind me every day what really matters.
Ten years from now: I see myself in a larger leadership role in information technology and continuing to be very involved in my community. I will be "enjoying" the teen-age years with my two daughters.
Senior vice president and market leader, Private Clients Group, Western New York, Fleet National Bank
Education: B.A., economics and management, DePauw University
Professional responsibilities: Leads team of professionals in providing wealth management for individuals and families. Team creates investment portfolios, provides planning for the transition of wealth to future generations, develops charitable giving strategies and addresses liquidity, diversification and tax issues for corporate executives and business owners.
Community leadership: Vice chairman, board of directors, executive committee and finance committee member, Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc.; Al Sigl Center Gathering of Hearts capital campaign; Estate Planning Council member; various volunteer activities concerning children with disabilities.
Greatest influence: My dad. He held an absolute belief in the importance of professional integrity, loyalty, faith and a strong work ethic and passed these along to his children. He and Mom taught that giving what you can, where you can, was a responsibility we shared. My parents' hope for our futures always encouraged our best efforts.
Ten years from now: I will have traveled to dozens of new and fascinating places, met wonderful and inspiring people, read thought-provoking materials and found new ways to give back to this community. As much as we allow it, we become the culmination of all we experience. I can't wait to see!
Vice president of engineering, PaeTec Communications Inc.
Education: B.A., Cornell University
Family: Wife, Melanie; son, 6; daughter, 1
Professional responsibilities: Leads the engineering team that designs, implements and supports PaeTec's network. Leads the technical design of PaeTec's data and Internet products and efforts to converge the company's voice and data networks. Plays a central role in determining the company's technology direction.
Community leadership: Board member, Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center Inc.; board member, Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester; Alexis de Tocqueville Society member; member, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.
Greatest influence: My grandfather, who instilled in me the value of hard work, who understood the power of building relationships and bridges, who taught me that community service is as important as career and success; my children, who teach me that play, laughter and fun are just as important as professional achievement.
Ten years from now: Seeking opportunities to positively influence the world in my own little way; leveraging my technology and management skills to effect change in the community, the causes I espouse and my company while finding new worlds to explore with my children and new ways to indulge my passion for fast cars.
Global requirements and business integration manager, Xerox Corp.
Education: B.S., Nazareth College of Rochester
Family: Partner, Patrick Hamilton; two daughters, 13 and 5
Professional responsibilities: Works with Xerox's field service organizations, solutions and product development teams; supports the definition of current and desired business and technical system requirements. Facilitates discussions about integrating field service productivity tools with others involved with customer service.
Community leadership: Foundation trustee, agency relations committee member, nominating committee member and board member, the Arc of Monroe County; board member, the Learning Disabilities Association of Rochester; African American Leadership Development Program alumni executive committee assistant treasurer, information technology advisory committee member, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.
Greatest influence: My parents and my daughter. My parents taught me through hard work, diligence and prayer that I could achieve all of my goals. My daughter, who is autistic, has inspired my devotion to area organizations that advocate for the developmentally disabled.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to grow spiritually and professionally, especially in my commitment to educating developmentally disabled children. My long-term goal is to assist in the opening of a specialized intervention school in Western New York for autistic children.
Vice president, operations, The Community Place of Greater Rochester Inc.
Education: AAS, SUNY College at Morrisville; B.S., Syracuse University; MPA, SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Wife, Karen; two daughters, 12 and 7; son, 9
Professional responsibilities: Manages $7 million in fixed assets. Ensures maintenance of five commercial and program facilities and 16 residential units. Sets direction and develops funds for division and oversees new construction and renovations.
Community leadership: Founder and chairman, Rochester Step-Off Educational Foundation Inc.; project grant writer, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods; board member, National Healthy Start Association; deacon and vice president, youth board, Full Gospel Tabernacle Church; committee member, Carter Street Community Council; member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Greatest influence: Knowing that against everything that said I should not make it, God provided people (my mother, youth workers, neighbors and godly men) who invested and believed in me, and knowing my calling is to provide others the same.
Ten years from now: I see myself as executive director of a non-profit organization located in an underprivileged and challenged community, serving as an example of God's grace, hope and possibility, completing doctoral studies and publishing best practices in non-profit management.
Partner, Underberg & Kessler LLP
Education: B.A., economics and English, Amherst College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Family: Wife, Paula; four sons, 8, 6, 4 and 1
Professional responsibilities: Partner in the litigation department of Underberg & Kessler, a law firm with offices in Rochester and Buffalo. Practice focuses primarily on employment law and commercial litigation. Also handles municipal, insurance defense, plaintiffs' personal injury and general litigation matters.
Community leadership: Secretary, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc.; legislative representative, Society for Human Resource Management; board member, Young Audiences of Rochester; member, employment and tax assessment committees, Monroe County Bar Association; manager and assistant coach, Pittsford Little League.
Greatest influence: My parents, who taught me that integrity is the foundation for all personal and professional success; my wife and sons, who clarify why we should endeavor to succeed and give back; and my former and current legal mentors and partners, who were able to combine ethics and success.
Ten years from now: I see myself helping to continue to secure Underberg & Kessler's place as a leader in the Rochester business community providing outstanding legal services; continuing to serve on crucial charitable boards in leadership roles; coaching and watching my sons in sports and other extracurricular activities.
Owner, Livingston Chiropractic
Education: B.S., Syracuse University; D.C., New York Chiropractic College
Professional responsibilities: Specializes in the treatment of acute muscular and skeletal injuries, sports injuries and chronic pain.
Community leadership: President, board of directors member, Geneseo Rotary Club; founding partner, Livingston Worksite Wellness Partnership; board member, Compeer of Livingston County; founding member, Geneseo Character Education Committee; board member, Chances and Changes (domestic violence shelter).
Greatest influence: My parents. They have taught me the importance of good character, hard work and treating others with fairness and respect. My chiropractic patients continually inspire me to help others and give back to the community that provides my livelihood.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to serve the community both professionally and through volunteer work. I would also like to teach a class in anatomy or nutrition.
President, I.F. Business Forms Inc.
Education: B.S., marketing management, Syracuse University
Family: Wife, Cynthia; daughter, one month
Professional responsibilities: As president of the company, which does business as Proforma I.F. Print Services, leads the company's strategic direction and implements service philosophies. Oversees the company's salespeople, warehouse and office staff. Develops new ways to fulfill customers' needs.
Community leadership: Board member, Jewish Community Center; board member, Hillel Foundation of Rochester; board of governors member, Irondequoit Country Club; committee member, Jewish Federation Allocations Panel for Jewish Family Service of Rochester Inc.; committee member, Rochester Campership Golf Tournament; founding member and board member, Friends of Camp Seneca Lake Alumni Association.
Greatest influence: My father, Wil Kolko. As he grew I.F. from infancy, he taught me about customer focus, work ethics and building strong business and personal relationships. Growing up in Rochester, with its sense of community, also helped to nurture a desire to contribute to that community and help ensure its strength for the future. Ten years from now: I see myself extending I.F.'s products and services to customers farther outside the region, while helping our community grow and thrive as a great place to live and do business.
President and treasurer, Mahany Welding Supply Co. Inc.
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Joan; son, 13; daughter, 4
Professional responsibilities: Full profit-and-loss responsibility for a regional industrial distributor of welding supplies and industrial gases. Recently oversaw development and construction of a new distribution and training facility. Currently focusing on increasing market share and expanding training programs relating to welding, metal fabrication and industrial safety.
Community leadership: Chairman, American Welding Society, Rochester section; adjunct professor, Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business; director, Institute of Management Accountants, Rochester chapter; member, legal and finance committee, St. Pius X Church; member, accounting advisory board, St. John Fisher College; member, Neighborhood Housing Services of Rochester Inc. revolving loan committee.
Greatest influence: Three individuals have influenced me: my first employer, who taught me my work ethic; a good friend, who showed me how to make a business vision become a reality; and a professor, who gave me the confidence that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Ten years from now: I see myself living life to its fullest by enjoying more time with my family, continuing to grow personally and professionally, and sharing my time and talents with the community that has done so much for me.
Vice president and portfolio manager, OppenheimerFunds Inc.-Rochester Division
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo; MBA, Pace University
Family: Wife, Nancy; two daughters, 9 and 6
Professional responsibilities: Manages nine tax-exempt bond mutual funds with assets in excess of $12 billion, along with other portfolio management team members. Develops portfolio strategy, formulates security valuation analysis and executes investment decisions.
Community leadership: Advisory board, Academy of Finance, Rochester City School District; Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, Association of Investment Management and Research; member, Rochester Society of Security Analysts; manager and coach, Fairport baseball; member, Geneseo Hockey Alumni committee. Greatest influence: My parents, whom I thank for exemplifying devotion to family, work ethic and perseverance.
Ten years from now: I see myself still dedicated to learning and personal growth, while providing leadership in business and civic endeavors in this community.
Manager, internal communications, Entertainment Imaging, Eastman Kodak Co.
Education: B.A., English, SUNY College at Oswego
Family: Husband, Chris; two daughters, 4 and 2
Professional responsibilities: Develops and implements program to inform and motivate Entertainment Imaging employees worldwide; program's role includes giving voice to employees' ideas, assisting leaders and communicating unit's strategies and achievements. Serves as liaison with corporate communications, diversity and human resources.
Community leadership: Member, communications committee, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center; board member, Rochester Community Independent Practice Association Community Health & Education Foundation; member, Women's Forum of Kodak Employees; member, Kodak's Women & Men of Courage
Greatest influence: There have been two. The first is my husband, Chris. Over the years, his support, encouragement, level-headedness and good example have all helped me to become a more confident and capable human being. The second is my former boss and dear friend, Mary Corbitt. She is a great mom, a creative and vibrant force in the community, and she delivers the goods at work. She's my hero.
Ten years from now: My two girls will be teen-agers, and I hope they will be kind to me. I hope to have made a little progress in all my "opportunities for growth" areas. I hope my family will be happy and healthy, and that I'm still able to contribute positively to those around me. I also hope to have a completely ripped six-pack.
Chief information officer, Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Education: B.S., management information systems, Rochester Institute of Technology; M.S., business and organizational development, Roberts Wesleyan College
Family: Husband, Keith; daughter, 6; son, 2
Professional responsibilities: Directs enterprise information management applications for the Sheriff's Office. Manages a $5.2 million budget and leads a technical and administrative staff.
Community leadership: Board of directors vice chairwoman, child development committee chairwoman, Sojourner House; chairwoman, IT security and audit committee, Monroe County; member, e-commerce/Internet/intranet committee, Monroe County; loaned executive, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; Brownie troop leader, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.
Greatest influence: My mother has always inspired and encouraged me to achieve great things. She made sacrifices that allowed me to become the person I am today. My husband has been incredibly loving and supportive in all of my "little" projects. My kids are my inspiration who remind me every day what is truly important in life.
Ten years from now: Personally, I see myself continuing to become a better person, wife and mother. Professionally, I would still enjoy being a senior leader in the management of information systems and technology. On the civic side, I will continue to be a contributing member of the community.
Vice president, Christa Development Corp.
Education: High school
Family: Wife, Susan; four daughters, 12, 10, 7 and 7
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of a commercial real estate development and management company. Oversight includes financial, legal, administrative, marketing, design and construction, and facilities management. Works with Christa Construction's senior management team on strategic and business development initiatives.
Community leadership: President, Rochester Americans Alumni Association; member, Foundation Board, Finger Lakes Community College; active volunteer, Special Olympics and Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong; youth basketball coach; hockey adviser
Greatest influence: My parents and grandmother, who led by example. Work hard, stay focused, give back, treat others as you would want to be treated, and don't wait for tomorrow to do something you can do today. My wife and children, who make everything worthwhile and meaningful.
Ten years from now: I see Sue and me participating in my children's higher education initiatives, contributing to community activities and continuing to oversee Christa Development Corp.'s real estate operations while enjoying all that Upstate New York has to offer.
Director of marketing, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration Age: 39
Education: B.A., medical illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, RIT
Family: Husband, Michael; daughter, 12; son, 9
Professional responsibilities: Develops and implements the Simon School's marketing plans. Seeks to market the school more effectively, to oversee advertising planning and Internet strategy and to build awareness of the Simon School brand in national and international markets.
Community leadership: Vice president, executive council member, Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business Alumni Advisory Council; co-chairwoman and co-founder, Alumni Women's Network, RIT College of Business; St. Christopher's Church children's liturgy leader.
Greatest influence: My parents, who promoted a good education and career; and the support of my family, especially my husband, who gives me the time and flexibility to pursue my dreams and leadership opportunities professionally and in the community.
Ten years from now: I see myself working as a successful marketing executive and leader in the field of marketing higher education to prospective audiences while using the latest innovations and tools. I also would like to be promoting higher education as a way to enhance women's careers and potential.
Director, corporate finance, Energy East Corp.
Education: B.S., business management and marketing, Cornell University; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Wife, Lisa; three sons, 11, 8 and 5
Professional responsibilities: Oversees corporate finance initiatives across all Energy East companies. Manages working capital needs and debt issuances across the operating subsidiaries. Also manages the Energy East debt portfolio, liquidity facilities and bank relationships.
Community leadership: Member, Southeast YMCA board of management; member, parish council, St. John's of Rochester Catholic Church; member, revenue generating committee, March of Dimes 2002 WalkAmer-ica; chairman, RGS Diversity Council; head coach, Fairport Youth Lacrosse.
Greatest influence: My wife and parents, who have not only supported my efforts and direction but have consistently demonstrated that one has to follow a path that is personally rewarding yet helpful to those around you. They faced adversity that they overcame with courage and strong faith.
Ten years from now: I see myself as an individual who continues to learn from mistakes as well as through exposure to new experiences. At the same time, I can stand back and feel that I am a decent citizen, but I can continually strive to be a better person.
Partner, Moore & Associates Inc.
Education: B.A., organizational communication, the Ohio State University
Family: Fiancee, Marci Rice
Professional responsibilities: Markets more than $20 million worth of commercial and investment properties. Also responsible for public relations and management of office personnel.
Community leadership: 2002-03 president, Rochester Professional Sales Association; chairman, Cub Scout Camping, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; mentor volunteer, Boy Scouts of America; vice president and treasurer, Ohio State Alumni Club of Rochester, N.Y.
Greatest influence: My parents, who have always been supportive and taught me to have a high standard of responsibility to myself and to the community. Additionally, I admire the positive professional and ethical characteristics in people I meet every day.
Ten years from now: I see myself with a family of my own and coaching youth baseball or softball. Professionally, I want to expand our company into new markets serving Rochester-based corporations and continue to be active in the community.
Financial consultant, Salomon Smith Barney Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, Vassar College; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
Professional responsibilities: Works with individuals and small businesses on comprehensive financial planning issues, including tax-efficient investments, retirement planning and estate planning.
Community leadership: Member, professional advisors committee, Rochester Area Community Foundation; member, major gifts committee, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; member, corporate advisory council, Monroe County Special Olympics; former vice chairman, India Community Center.
Greatest influence: My parents, Arunachala and Janaki, for their continued support and for giving me the strong work ethic and natural abilities to reach for my dreams. My boss, Richard McCarthy, who, with his undying faith and support, has taught me that true success comes when you can make a difference in people's lives, whether that be by "investing" in the community or the people around you.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to learn and grow as a consultant, continuing to focus on helping families reach financial freedom and getting their financial affairs in order. I also see myself continuing to be involved and making positive contributions to the community.
General manager and vice president, Americas service, Commercial Imaging, Eastman Kodak Co.
Education: B.A., computer science and mathematics, SUNY College at Potsdam; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Husband, Angelo
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the Commercial Imaging equipment service business in North, South and Central America. Prepares and executes annual operating plans. Manages an organization of 750 employees.
Community leadership: Board member, Hillside Children's Center; volunteer and committee member, Rochester Women's Network and Kodak Leaders Who Are Women; volunteer, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Leadership Giving and Young Leaders, and Simon School Alumni Association.
Greatest influence: My parents and family have greatly shaped my life, teaching the values of faith, hard work and integrity. I have been exposed to many talented leaders at Kodak, who have served as great mentors. My husband offers supportive advice in numerous areas of my life, making me better every day.
Ten years from now: I see myself still learning new skills and accepting new challenges. I hope to be contributing even more to the organization in which I work and the community in which I live. Most of all, I see myself enjoying life immensely with my husband and our families.
Managing consultant, Drake Beam Morin Inc.
Education: B.S., finance, St. John Fisher College; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Husband, Randy; daughter, 3; son, 1
Professional responsibilities: Manages consulting and administrative staff in their efforts to provide hiring, career development, retention and career transition services to corporations in Greater Rochester. Also assists individual clients with career choices and employment transitions that arise as a result of corporate acquisitions, downsizings and mergers.
Community leadership: Treasurer, board member, Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.; founding member and board member, Upstate New York Turnaround Management Association; member, 2003 class, Leadership Rochester Inc.
Greatest influence: My mom. Growing up I was never allowed to say the word "can't." She showed me that one person's passion can make a difference, no matter how insurmountable the task might seem at the outset. She also taught me how to find the humor in almost any situation and share it with others.
Ten years from now: I see myself in a role where I can influence individuals and corporations in their decision to either remain in Rochester or relocate to Rochester. I would love to see Rochester hit a couple of home runs with emerging technologies or services, and I would enjoy lending a hand to make that happen so my children can grow up in a vibrant, growing community. I also see myself watching a lot of school plays and sporting events!
Jacqueline Phipps Polito
Special counsel, Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP
Education: B.A., SUNY Binghamton; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University
Family: Husband, Thomas
Professional responsibilities: Counsels corporate clients on methods to reduce risk and minimize exposure in response to a variety of employment and contractual claims. As a trial attorney, anticipates consequences for clients and advises them in an effort to resolve disputes.
Community leadership: Board member and treasurer, Women's Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; member, Board Connections, co-chairwoman, Rochester Women's Network; deputy town leader, town of Irondequoit; executive committee member, torts, insurance and compensation law section, New York State Bar Association; parish council member, lector, St. Ambrose Church
Greatest influence: My mother's unwavering belief in my ability to succeed. As a single parent, my mother taught me the values of hard work, dedication and conviction. In my career I have been fortunate to be surrounded by mentors who share those values.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to fulfill my personal goals and remaining committed to experience inner growth. Professionally, I will continue to enhance my skills as an advocate for my clients. I also see myself taking a more active position with our community leaders to effect positive change.
Vice president, client relations and business development, Goodrich & Sherwood Associates
Education: B.A., psychology, Denison University
Family: Two sons, 13 and 6
Professional responsibilities: Drives marketing and business development initiatives for the Rochester market of Goodrich & Sherwood, a management consulting firm. Consults in the areas of recruitment and staffing. Provides coaching on career strategy and networking to professional outplacement clients.
Community leadership: Board member and volunteer, Compeer Inc.; board member and membership director, National Human Resources Association, Rochester affiliate chapter; member, Women United Steering Committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; volunteer, Leadership Advisory Committee, Mother of the Year selection committee, March of Dimes' Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Division; volunteer, Career Awareness program, Otetiana Council Inc. of Boy Scouts of America.
Greatest influence: My parents and professional colleagues throughout my career. My father showed me that uncompromising diligence, ethics and laughter are non-negotiable. My mother has taught me compassion, about having faith and the value of giving back. My colleagues have inspired and empowered me to "Go Big or Go Home!"
Ten years from now: I see myself providing vision and a lot of passion in my own entrepreneurial venture while leading community initiatives; marveling at my older son as he acts and sings on the Broadway stage, and cheering on my younger one as he likely makes Section V history on the baseball and soccer fields.
Partner, Sardone, Robinson & Schnell Certified Public Accountants
Education: B.S., accounting, Canisius College
Family: Wife, Christine; son, 18 months
Professional responsibilities: Partner responsible for firm disciplines of taxation, information technology, business valuation, management consulting and various lead client services.
Community leadership: President, finance committee member, development committee member and Kidney Car committee chairman, National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York; director, Turnaround Management Association of Upstate New York.
Greatest influence: My parents, who provided me with eight years of high school and collegiate private Jesuit schooling beginning here in Rochester at McQuaid Jesuit High School. Through my parents and my education, I learned the value of hard work and giving back to the community in which you live, and the importance of family.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to contribute to the growth of our public accounting firm in Upstate New York and continuing to give back to the community. The biggest change in my life will be the addition of activities provided to me from my children, whether it is coaching their sports teams, accompanying them on scouting trips or whatever else they get their minds set on.
Financial representative, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Education: B.S., business administration in finance, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Alexandria
Professional responsibilities: Develops and implements wealth accumulation preservation plans for small-business owners and professionals.
Community leadership: Alumni advisory board member and recent alumni co-chairman, Rochester Institute of Technology College of Business; board member, American Heart Association Inc./Genesee Valley; member, Small Business Council gala luncheon planning committee; member, Rochester Institute of Technology Nathaniel Rochester Society membership committee; co-founder, Matthew Sullivan Scholarship Fund.
Greatest influence: My parents. They taught me to always do what is in the best interest of the entire community, and if you make a commitment, then you have to give it 100 percent. I am also blessed to have learned from them a tremendous work ethic and dedication to constantly improving my skills.
Ten years from now: I see myself being a father and devoting time to my children's lives. I see my practice continuing to grow. I will be enhancing my giving to the community and finding ways that I can have a greater impact.
Chief operating officer, Doyle Security Systems Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, West Virginia University
Family: Wife, Marlene; son, 9; daughters, 6 and 2
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for branch operations in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Erie, Pa. Oversight includes sales and marketing and the installation and service of electronic security equipment.
Community leadership: Member, board of advisers, Walter Hagen golf committee, American Cancer Society; chairman, Deb Sheridan Memorial Golf Tournament, Arthritis Foundation - Genesee Valley Chapter; Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, budget advisory committee, Akron Central School District; board member and coach, Akron Little League Football.
Greatest influence: I cannot overstate the importance of my two grandfathers in my life. Each has taught me lessons more valuable than any college or professional experience. While their families always came first, they worked every hour of every day as if it were the day that would decide the worth of their career.
Ten years from now: I would like to still be working for a company with impeccable values and standards. In such a company you find the greatest co-workers who share a positive culture. My family will remain the center of my life and my most important source of motivation and pride.
Senior vice president of client services, Auragen Communications Inc.
Education: B.A., English and biology, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Vita
Professional responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of the client engagement, from sales and marketing to development and delivery. Serves as an individual contributor, providing strategic planning, information architecture and copy writing for many of the firm's online branding projects.
Community leadership: Member, board of directors, Career Development Services Inc.; member, board of directors, Family Service of Rochester Inc.; member and volunteer, the Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member, Kids on Track planning committee, and corporate body member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, membership and Young Friends committees, Memorial Art Gallery.
Greatest influence: The outstanding example and leadership of the people I work with. Everyone at Auragen gives back to the community. Without their example and their support, I would neither be able to contribute to the community nor know where to start.
Ten years from now: I see myself still trying something new every day, getting my hands dirty.
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Education: B.A., SUNY Albany; J.D., SUNY Buffalo School of Law
Family: Wife, Kate; sons, 5 and 3
Professional responsibilities: Litigation partner with Nixon Peabody. Practice focuses on personal injury, product liability and aviation defense.
Community leadership: Member, board of directors, AIDS Rochester Inc.; member, Pre-Trial Services Corp.
Greatest influence: My wife, Kate, who is constantly challenging me to be my best.
Ten years from now: I see myself practicing law in Rochester and as a strong contributing member of the community.
Partner, Dolin, Thomas & Solomon LLP
Education: B.A., Emory University; J.D., University of Virginia
Family: Wife, Mary; son, 3 months
Professional responsibilities: A founding partner of Dolin, Thomas & Solomon. Practices in the field of employment law and is experienced in the litigation and negotiation of employment disputes.
Community leadership: Vice president, board of trustees, the Harley School; member, board of trustees, First Church of Christ, Scientist; high school mock trial team coach, Monroe County Bar Association; member, judiciary committee, Monroe County Bar Association; member, University of Virginia Law School Foundation; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project.
Greatest influence: My mother, Nancy Schraver, who showed me that the most fulfilling life revolves around hard work and concern for others.
Ten years from now: My wife and I cannot wait to see what our 3-month-old son will be like that year at age 10. In terms of my profession, I see myself still absolutely loving my job-advocating for clients in resolving employment matters. I also expect that I will continue work with some of the community organizations I am associated with now, and I hope some new organizations as well.
Owner and chief financial officer, Empire Tractor Inc.
Education: B.S., aerospace engineering, University of Buffalo
Family: Wife, Jane; son, 6
Professional responsibilities: Leads all areas of accounting, finance, operations and strategic planning. The primary functions of these areas are centralized for the company's five-location operation. Makes frequent visits to all locations to maintain open communication, training and feedback, and to maximize team activities.
Community leadership: Member, executive committee, personnel committee and board of directors, Financial Institutions Inc.; member, loan committee, special projects committee and audit committee, the National Bank of Geneva; board member, Finger Lakes Fire and Casualty Insurance Co.
Greatest influence: My parents and siblings, who have taught by example what a work ethic is all about. Most of all, my wife and son, who remind me several times a day what is more important than work and bring balance to my life.
Ten years from now: I will feel comfortable about the success of our company and mastering the act of balancing work, community and family, with the heavier side being family.
Senior associate, employee benefits group, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP
Education: B.A., University of Rochester; J.D., Cornell Law School
Professional responsibilities: Represents corporations, educational institutions and non-profit entities with respect to retirement plans, health and welfare arrangements, executive compensation, employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions, and other employee benefits matters.
Community leadership: Member, board of management, Southeast YMCA; chairman, YMCA Camp Arrowhead committee; attorney adviser, Pittsford Mendon High School mock trial team; coordinator, Judicial Branch, Monroe County District YMCA Youth and Government Program; frequent speaker for high school law and justice classes and career development programs.
Greatest influence: My family and friends. My parents, Don and Betty Wilson, instilled in me a deep sense of compassion and taught me to always try and make a difference in my community. They, along with my siblings and friends, have fostered that spirit with their support and guidance over the years.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to contribute to the community and striving to be the best I can be with respect to my professional career and civic duties. I would like to continue to make a difference in the lives of others and offer my time and energy to the people around me.
Director of finance, Rochester Individual Practice Association Inc.
Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Maureen; son, 12; daughter, 9
Professional responsibilities: Manages the financial operations of the communitywide physician panel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Rochester Area with an annual budget of more than $250 million. Reports and analyzes the financial results of the organization. Ensures the integrity of all financial data. Negotiates contracts, including all financial modeling for negotiations. Creates budgets and forecasts. Manages administrative expense budget.
Community leadership: Board member and finance committee member, Foodlink Inc.; chairman, governance board and operations committee, Community Pediatric Telephone Triage System; coordinator and coach, CYO Basketball Program, Church of the Transfiguration; member, Healthcare Finance Management Association.
Greatest influence: God, who gives me guidance every day; my wife, Maureen, who has given me love, support, and inspiration throughout my career-she is my best friend and I am a better person as a result of her influence; my parents, who taught me a strong work ethic, honesty and integrity; and my boss and co-workers at RIPA, whom I enjoy working with.
Ten years from now: I see myself still working to meet the challenges of the ever-changing health care system. I will continue to contribute to the community through volunteer work with church, non-profit organizations and coaching youth sports programs.
Corporate banking senior relationship manager and vice president, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Education: B.A., finance and economics, Alfred University; MBA, finance and entrepreneurship, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Wife, Melinda; son, 9; daughter, 6
Professional responsibilities: Provides financial advice to public and large private clients. Involved in the firm's technology and new media initiative, which focuses bank resources on upstate technology companies.
Community leadership: Advisory board member, Rochester Venture Capital Group; Cub Scout assistant den leader; Perinton Republican Committee member; alumni volunteer, Simon School; volunteer, March of Dimes, United Way, American Stroke Association's Train to End Stroke, Boy Scouts of America, Science Linkages in the Community; youth soccer coach.
Greatest influence: My grandparents, for teaching me that a job well done is its own reward; my parents, for being outstanding role models of success and community involvement; and my managers at J.P. Morgan Chase, who have provided the opportunities and support to learn and succeed. Most importantly, my wife, Melinda, for her unwavering support, and my children, who remind me of what is really important.
Ten years from now: I see myself celebrating Rochester's successful transformation into one of the most vibrant communities in America. I also see myself spending more time with my wife, traveling or working on community projects, while continuing to enjoy the challenges and rewards of raising two wonderful young adults.
11/01/02 (C) Rochester Business Journal